Do I have to pay for this benefit?

Yes, the law states that the benefit is employee-funded. Staff employees will have a payroll deduction beginning January 1, 2018 in the amount determined by New York State. This amount is subject to change each year. In 2018, the deduction will be 0.126% of the employee’s weekly pay. For example, an employee who earns $750 per week would have a deduction of $750 x 0.00126 = $0.95 per week. The maximum weekly deduction will be $1.65 in 2018, based on the statewide average weekly wage. Student employees and Graduate Assistants will not be required to make this payroll contribution.